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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Barr. Sergey Ikedi" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:39:49 +0800 (CST)


Attention dear for your payment with Money Gram International,

dear, note that we have concluded to pay you your contract compensation
funds via Money Gram International money transfer urgent remittance
office, since you was unable to receive the funds through Western Union
Office due to their delay and complain management in service, But now we
have deposited your total funds of ($10.800.000.00US DOLLARS) via Money
Gram International money transfer head office, so in advice you are
here to go ahead and contact them immediately after receiving this
message because it have being over a month now, that the funds
deposited to them.
So the
needful thing now, is you to contact the Money Gram management office
today which Mr. Mike Ben is the managing director at office, and ask him
how their procedure will be followed for them to transfer your funds to
you, because when depositing this funds to them, honestly he told me
that their are very busy for the moment due to the number of customers
which they have already promised to handle their transfer recently  so
be in touch with them today immediately after you receive this message,
as to enable them see how seriousness you are for receiving your funds.
 forward your required details to them and also call him on phone and
take note to be obedient in contacting the managing director in his
below contact details here,
Managing director: Mr. Mike Ben
Phone number: +229 99967096
Contact E-mail:
Also don't
forget to contact him with your full details listed as its below down
so that he can recognize you when you contacted him, do you understand?
Your receiver’s name,
Phone no,
Your occupation,
I'm waiting for your confirmation good news immediately you contacted
him and receive his responds by their direction of you need to follow
for them to transfer your funds to you thank you.
Yours in respect,
Barr. Sergey Ikedi.

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